New Kingston yearn for playing field
Livingston Scott, Gleaner Writer
New Kingston Football Club's technical director, David Mighty, has an unquenching passion and desire to develop his club and put them on top of the Jamaica football landscape.
However, being from a community that does not have a strong football history and the fact that it forms the major business district in the country means the club has its own personal challenges to overcome.
Mighty believes if the club obtains a playing field to call their own, it would make a great difference in their ambition to develop the club.
"Our aim in the next three years is to be in the Premier League, and that is why we are investing in youth. As part of our development, we want to deal with the infrastructure in regards to the requirements by the Jamaica Football Federation by developing young players, having certified coaches and competent administrators, along with corporate Jamaica sponsors," he outlined.
He noted that they are short on football fields in their community and are looking for somewhere nearby.
When the club had just started, they trained at St Francis All-Age School. Stadium West used to be their home field, but the National Indoor Sports Centre has been erected on that plot of land. Now, they use Mico University College.
Mighty identified the stadium's south field (topside Stadium East) as a possible alternative.
"We were planning to work through INSPORTS (Institute of Sports) to develop Stadium West, but INSPORTS developed the Indoor stadium there. But there is another field, and through our Member of Parliament, Julian Robertson, and Ian Andrews (INSPORTS' executive director) and the late Bruce McFarlane, who is a part of my community, we were and are still trying to get this ground, which is owned by INSPORTS and the Government of Jamaica, to be a community football field, to host me (New Kingston) and Swallowfield," he said.
"I wrote the letter to the sports minister (Natalie Neita-Headley) and also Julian Robertson and Major Desmon Brown of Independence Park Limited (which manages the National Stadium property), and they are all aware of our infrastructure plan," Mighty said.
"My main aim is to uplift the club of New Kingston, but my main problem is the field, and if I can get assistance from my member of parliament and corporate Jamaica, that would be one of my major achievements, if I can get a playing field and a home ground."
Meanwhile, the club received a major boost recently when a corporate donor contributed $1million to assist with the development of their young player, Damani Morais, and Mighty says he could become the next Raheem Sterling if they (club) have a proper playing field on which to train and call their own.
"One corporate sponsor has shown an interest in Damani Morais and has put forward a million dollars for his development, and we want to push not only him, but others as well, so maybe a scout can see his talent and he can become the next Raheem Sterling," Mighty said.